TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 29, I am hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Oak Park to discuss proposals for reconstruction of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and improvements to the CTA Blue Line. I hope you will be able to join this important discussion. The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Ann Schneider, and the Vice President of Planning at the CTA, Michael Connelly, will be with us to help answer our questions about these projects.
We are now at a critical point, hammering out project details that will affect our neighborhoods and the region for decades to come. IDOT has said it will choose a final “preferred” alternative (meaning final plan for improvement and expansion) by late 2014, including adding highway lanes and moving exit and entrance ramps. IDOT is accepting formal public comments on these plans through November 7, 2013. I urge you to learn more. We have an opportunity to advocate for community benefits, including measures to mitigate noise and air pollution, expanded sidewalks with improved pedestrian and bicycle access, better CTA stations along the corridor, and other enhancements to the bridges over the expressway that will be rebuilt.
We will meet at from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth in Oak Park. I hope to see you there.
Senator Don Harmon
39th District – Illinois